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nbc bay area news starts now. and right now at 11:00, well, that storm is over, but the damage has been done. we'll tell you what's being done right now to pick up the pieces left behind by this weekend's wild weather. good morning everyone. thanks for joining us. i'm scott mcgrew. >> and i'm kris sanchez. we will get to that mess over at baker beach in just a moment, stephanie chuang is there with a report. but we wapt to get to kari first who has the rainfall totals. impressive. >> yes. in some spots it was quite a bit over an inch of rain in just one heavy downpour. taking a look at some of the airport measurements. about 0.8 in santa rosa. napa 0.3 and 0.75 in san francisco. i did see some weather
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underground sites had over an inch. inch and a quarter there. also in livermore half an inch there. and in concord, hayward, over half an inch. and san jose about 0.3 inch. so far since october 1st we've had over 5.5 inches of rain in santa rosa. in san francisco over 3 inches, oakland 2 inches. but where we've had a surplus of rain livermore and san jose. we are catching up to being close to average for this time of year. and we're still making some progress from oakland, san francisco and to the north. so we do still need more rain, but this system is winding down. there is another one that will be moving in by this weekend. i'll detail that and what to expect through the rest of the workweek. that's coming up in a few minutes. >> all right, kari, thank you. 60 hours after a ship lost 12 containers in rough waters crews are still trying to clean up the mess left behind by one of those containers that broke apart and spilled litter across
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baker beach in san francisco. >> nbc bay area's stephanie chuang is at the beach. and, stephanie, this beach could be closed for the whole day. >> reporter: absolutely, scott and kris. in fact, the contractor hired by the shipping company says that everything, the parking lot here included should have been closed in the first place. you can see over here some of that trays, the crates they've been bringing up here to haul out. down by the beach is where they were going into the water, stacking the crates, counting more than 1,000 of them here getting them out of here to head to the recycling center. considering rough waters this weekend many say this could have been much worse. you can usually find wendy picking up litter off baker beach when she's walking her dog cocoa, but she says the countless pieces of white styrofoam plastering the shore today are much tougher to pick up compared to the usual hard plastic. >> it's deceiving because it looks like the foam out there, but it's actually all these white styrofoam round pieces that sort of look like rocks. that end of the beach is covered.
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there are puppies out here chewing on this stuff and running through the foam. yeah, we'd like them to clean it up. >> reporter: the styrofoam is the result of the kind of shipping container, a refrigerated one with loads inside according to tim parker hired by the shipping company to lead the clean up. >> we're hoping by the end of today, which we'll be working into the night, we'll have all the trays and all the metal in the container off the beach. >> reporter: the ship lost 12 containers. only this one has been accounted for. salesforce ceo tweeted, looks like you can find your missing container in between china beach and baker beach. the coast guard will search for the other containers by air. on the ground parker says getting rid of the mess will be labor intense i but calls it a miracle no one got hurt. >> we had high surf warnings for i guess about six days in a row now. and they were out there on friday. and a ship just about comes to a
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stop to unload the pilot. okay. when they do that they're really susceptible to the swell. >> reporter: again, the good news no one hurt in this. i'm back here live you see the effort still to bring all the crates in one place to get hauled out. there's a bunch of metal and debris and styrofoam packed up as well. around noon is when the crews expect some high tide. they're going to have to take a break or two but by the end of the day they want the metal debris and crates out of here. they'll come back in the morning for the foam. still waiting to hear back from the coast guard on the search for the other containers. live in san francisco, stephanie chuang, nbc bay area news. >> steph, thanks. well, as kari told us the sun will shine today, but there is more wet weather on the way. make sure you're prepared. download the nbc bay area app and click on the weather tab and you can watch the live satellite radar. to a developing story and word of a fatal accident involving a car and a bicycle in south san jose this morning. san jose police tell us the car
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hit the bike rider at the intersection of chin withavenue and doosenburg drive not far sfr snell. police say the female victim died at the scene but they haven't released more information about the person like her age. investigators are in fact still at that scene. new at 11:00, president obama makes a rare appearance at the pentagon this morning where he just wrapped up his speech on the u.s. strategy to stop the spread of isis. the president sat in a national security council meeting where he was briefed on the counterisis campaign. he said the u.s.-led coalition is hitting the terrorist group harder than ever, increasing air strikes on isis strongholds in the mideast, cutting off its oil supply lines and training local forces to fight the ground -- fight the fight on the ground. adding that his administration is continuously reassessing its multi-point strategy against isis on the battlefield and abroad as well as radicalized followers here in the u.s. >> we're also taking out isil
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leaders, killers and commanders. they cannot hide and our next message to them is simple, you are next. >> he also announced he's sending the defense secretary to iraq to view the ongoing fight. today's point emphasized made during last week's address from the oval office. also happening today a special ceremony marking three years since the deadliest mass shooting at a grade school in our nation's country. in 2012, today is the first time this anniversary fell on a day when school was in session. the first and second anniversaries fell on the weekend. parents received talking points to help discuss the weighty issue with their kids to commemorate lives lost there will be an interfaith memorial service at a church in newtown this evening. well, happening now, emotional testimony at a forum on gun violence in sacramento. northern california congressman
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mike thompson who's hosting the forum also proposed legislation to close the loophole which he says allows someone on the fbi terrorist watch list to walk into a gun store, pass a background check and leave with weapons. last monday he circulated a petition to force a vote on the issue. no gop member signed on. on that panel for today though law enforcement agents, gun owners and dealers, mental health experts and survivors of gun violence. thompson is pushing to end a nearly 20-year ban that prevents the centers for disease control to research gun violence as they do with traffic fatalities. as the north coast lawmaker seeks federal action here at home, there was a gun buyback event in san francisco this weekend and more than 150 guns were turned in within the first two hours. also people gathered to march in san francisco where congresswoman congresswoman jackie spear and others were present in walnut creek nearly 150 other people also marched under the slogan we don't need a moment of silence,
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we need action. each of these events framed to coincide with the anniversary of the sandy hook shooting, which again, killed 20 school children and 6 teachers and staff. connecticut by the way is close to passing legislation to prevent people on the no-fly list from buying guns in their state. questions linger this morning as we are learning more about that terror attack in san bernardino. the "new york times" reporting one of the shooters, tashfeen malik, passed three background checks by immigration officials before she was admitted to the u.s. on a visa. it appears her social media accounts were completely ignored leaving many to wonder if authorities missed some sort of glaring red flag on social media where anybody can find it, malik wrote of her desire to be part of a violent jihad. meantime the search of a lake in the area is over. the fbi not revealing whether they recovered anything of value but it was thought the couple might have dumped evidence there. muslim communities say they
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are the target of hate since the attacks in southern california. the latest happened yesterday morning in hawthorne southwest of l.a. two mosques were vandalized. police say vandals spray painted graffiti at both mosques and left a device that looked like a hand grenade in the driveway. this morning a potential answer for those who set fire to a mosque in san bernardino county. 23-year-old carl dial is accused of a hate crime now. the mosque acting imam says he believes ignorance was the cause for what he believes to be an act of terrorism. >> simply we have found that ignorance is usually the greategrea greatest when these things happen whether it's on our side or anyone else's side it's usually the problem. >> he was consumed by what he'd seen on social media, according to his family. remains on $150,000 bond. the department of transportation released this morning its much-anticipated
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rules for drones. the rules apply to all drones over half a pound, that would include pretty much any drone from most popular manufacturers. officials in washington were in a rush to hammer out those rules in time for christmas when it's anticipated tens of thousands of drones will be purchased as gifts. among the new rules a web-based registration system and a requirement to display registration number on the side of the drone so it can be traced back to the pilot. if you have a drone now, you can register it for free. and it's required. you face a fine if you don't. up next at 11:00, let the force awaken. the wait is almost over for fans camping out to see the new "star wars" movie. plus, one of the hottest gifts this holiday season, too hot to handle. major retailers putting the brakes on hover boards. we have clear blue skies as we dry out from yesterday's storm, but high temperatures will only reach the mid to upper 50s. i'll show you what else to expect this week coming up.
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=tech= we have shown you several videos of those very happy monday morning to you. the market so very quiet. we have a big fed meeting coming up at the end of the week -- or in the midweek really. and the markets are not going to do much until they hear more about interest rates. you know, we've shown you several videos of those hoverboards catching fire and amazon now says it is suspending sales of all hoverboards until the manufacturers give the online shopping site some proof they've gone through proper testing, like getting the ul seal from underwriters laboratories. the problem seems to be with the lithium batteries, they can catch fire. last week several airlines banned hoverboards including delta. now, if you do buy a hoverboard,
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there are two general types. there's a very expensive one, more than $1,000. and others for about $300. it would appear the cheaper ones carry more risk. now, if it does catch fire, you should not use water to put out a lithium fire. ask for a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher for christmas. looking ahead of the week, this is the woman of the moment, janet yellen and her federal open markets committee they'll do that, they'll talk interest rates. we do largely believe the committee will raise rates. for the first time in a decade. nasa this morning opened up its astronaut applications. this is big because it's been several years since there were any job openings. and nasa is talking about going to mars. so the person applying today could be the first person to walk on another planet. this right here that's ed liu in the international space station, he's veteran of two shuttle missions. he helped build the space station. also he uses chopsticks in space better than you ever did on earth. just the guy to ask about my
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chances of becoming an astronaut. >> it's -- you know this when you go in there. it's the greatest job you're ever going to have in your life, okay. and, you know, you come to appreciate while you're there probably the finest group of individuals you'll ever work with in your life. and that's okay. and you can't do it forever. but it is. it's an awesome job. >> i think you heard that laugh at the beginning, and that was ed lu's answer. by the way he's working on protecting the earth from asteroids, killer asteroids. so he went from being awesome in one thing to savior of the world in another. >> well, you put the applications on a website. >> if you're a parent and your kid becomes astronaut, you win every cocktail party conversation. >> yes, you would. what's your kid doing? >> an astronaut. travelers heading out for the holidays can enjoy some of the lowest prices at the pump
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since the recession. the nationwide average of a price of a gallon of gas is now $2.02, which is down 58 cents a gallon from this time last year according to aaa. drivers in about half of the states are already paying less than $2 a gallon, but of course california's average remains at $2.65 a gallon. we expect to be a little higher. it is more in san francisco where a gallon of gas is averaging $2.74. in oakland the average is $2.62. in san jose pay less at $2.61. prices at the pump are expected to last a while because of high crude oil prices. to decision 2016 now. and who can beat hillary clinton? new members overnight from our nbc/"the wall street journal" poll show that republican front runners would fair against her some of them better than others just one day before their next debate. tracie potts is in washington with the latest match-up. >> i think i'm fwoing to be the one that beats hillary. >> reporter: but our numbers show right now he can't.
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brand new at midnight from our nbc/"the wall street journal" poll, both donald trump and ted cruz would lose to hillary clinton if the election were held today. trump by 10 points, cruz by just 3. ben carson and marco rubio could both beat her, but they're not topping the field. >> i'm going to win. i think i'm going to win. i'm not one of these other guys that goes down. i don't go down. i go up. >> reporter: but ted cruz has the momentum now leading in iowa, and within five points of trump nationally. the cruz team tweeted this photo fielding 4,000 phone calls in iowa this weekend with fresh criticism from his rivals. >> when it comes to experience in congress, you've got almost 9,000 years worth of it. i don't know that that is really the correct answer. >> each time he's had to choose between strong national defense and some of the isolationist tendencies in american politics, he seems to side with the isolationist. and this is an important issue to have a debate over. >> reporter: here's tomorrow
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night's debate light u.n. with trump still center stage. tracie potts, nbc, washington. >> so is your countdow clock ticking yet? >> more than 100 hours before many die-hard fans will have already seen "star wars" the force awakens, actually premieres tonight in southern california. bay area start showing thursday and friday, but hollywood's going big tonight with three star-studded premieres. talk about hot ticket, this one pretty much tops them all. >> it's unprecedenunprecedented. there are so many celebrities that want to go see this film let alone people in general that are excited for this movie. >> be happy to be doing an opening weekend box office pool, here's your inside tip. you are thinking in the $2 billion range globally, that will put you close to what the experts are saying maybe little less than that. the current record by the way is a half billion dollars set by
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jurassic. >> holy cow, amazing. she had us at hello. this morning adele revealed her north american tour and couple stops in the bay area. >> she's going to perform twice in san jose, july 30th and 31st. and adele will then perform in oakland on august 2nd. tickets go on sale this thursday. you might recognize some of her songs from the new album "25" currently topping the charts. the album includes the monster hit "hello." but is next year too long to wait to hear adele? tonight at 10:00 following "the voice" nbc will air her live in new york. >> you have the feeling if you put 15 of your friends in the room and all dialed in or webbed in at 10:00 none of you would get ticket? >> i have a friend who's a principal in santa clara and he called in for taylor swift tickets and he won -- >> on the radio station, the only way you can get a ticket these days. >> he says i have two daughters. they said good luck with that one. >> choose your favorite. here's our favorite meteorologist kari.
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>> thanks. and i guess i'm the favorite now that the weather has cleared out and we're enjoying a beautiful day even though it was chilly to start. we do have clear blue skies looking all across the south bay. there's still some scattered showers just across the northwestern parts of california. and that looks to dip to the south and may clip the north bay today with a few spotty showers there. elsewhere it does stay dry. and now we're in the upper 40s to lower 50s. let's zoom in on the east bay. dublin and pleasanton now at 50 degrees. it is slightly cooler than average behind that system that dropped in yesterday. now we're feeling the cold air behind that and still some breezy winds. speaking of the winds a look at the forecast throughout the day. it's coming in from the northwest and bringing in those wind speeds at about 15 to 20 miles an hour. little bit stronger, higher along the coast and also creating some high wave conditions. and it will stay rough at least for the next couple of days with these winds staying up. and as we go hour by hour in san
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jose, we will still see that sunshine heading into the afternoon. a few more clouds moving in tonight, but it will be chilly once again. and we may have some frost to scrape off the windshield starting out tomorrow. taking a look at some of the ski resorts and twin bridges, everyone waiting to get on the ski lift there. and i was looking at some of the snowfall reports. we've had anywhere from about 22 to 58 inches of a snow depth all across the sierra. so it is looking really good especially just starting out the season. and just over the weekend we had about an additional foot of snow across many spots. here in the bay area it's cooler than average, and we're looking at some sunshine. and the weather system staying away at least for now. so after all of the rain we had yesterday, many spots getting anywhere from a quarter to a half an inch of rain, in some spots even a little bit more. no more rainfall in the forecast for the next three days. a few more clouds will start to move in to the north bay as well as the tri-valley on wednesday
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ahead of a system that may bring us slight chance of showers on thursday. but it looks like it will mainly be a north bay thing. and the rest of the bay area seeing the rest of the system moving in sweeping some rain rolling in on saturday afternoon. so put that in the weekend plans, it could be wet. and then another one dropping in on sunday mainly into the afternoon to evening hours. so looking ahead staying active but at least we get a little bit of a break for now. and it will be cool out there especially during the morning, scott and kris. >> all right. thank you very much, kari. >> up next at 11:00, what you might want to get those christmas packages in the mail, why you might want to do that today. coming up after nbc bay area news at 11:00, access hollywood live followed by days or our lives at 1:00 p.m.
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new name, and it's welcome back. union city school getting a new name and it's making history. this friday alvarado middle school will officially be renamed vera cruz middle school, making the first in the country to be named in honor of filipino americans. larry and phil veracruz helped organize the united farmers. if you plan ongoing to the post office today to send your christmas cards and your presents, make sure you set aside plenty of time because you're going to have a lot of
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company. the united states postal service says this is the busiest mailing day of the year. people will bring in estimated 612 million pieces of mail to post offices around the country. if you aren't making the trek today, don't worry, you still have time. officials say as long as you send packages by december 21st they should arrive by christmas. but the later you wait the more it will cost. up next, why a building boom in one bay area city has residents citing the city leaders. t's what
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egyptian well, no evidence of any illegal or terrorist action is what egyptian investigators are saying after a preliminary inspection of the russian passenger plane that crashed back in october. >> but as nbc's keir simmons reports british authorities are convinced a bomb brought that plane down. >> reporter: debris from flight 9268 was strewn across the sinai, but there's no evidence of terrorist action.
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egypt's civil aviation officials announced from cairo this morning, no evidence even of illegal intervention causing the crash of the russian passenger plane that killed all 224 people onboard last october. russian and western governments have said the airbus 321 was likely brought down by a bomb. the plane operated by metrojet lost contact with air control just 23 minutes after the passing from sharm el sheikh en route to st. petersburg. and previously egyptian officials said they were focusing on critical cockpit recordings, pointing to an explosion. while last month an isis affiliate said this picture showed the homemade explosives made from a soda can it claimed to have smuggled onboard. now the head of the egyptian committee investigating the crash claims no criminal action is suspected. egyptians are not saying what they think did bring down the plane if not a bomb. privately british security officials tell me they are convinced it was a bomb.
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britain was the first to reach that conclusion. since then egypt's tourism industry has been devastated. back to you. >> thank you, keir. it's been three years since a gunman entered sandy hook elementary school, killed 20 children, 6 adults. >> and not far from newtown, connecticut another school is marking the anniversary and honoring those people who died with kindness. 26 days of kindness. nbc's harry smith has our story. >> everyone all set? >> reporter: mary callihan has an assignment for her students at notre dame catholic high school in fairfield, connecticut. >> give you about 15 minutes or so. >> reporter: moments later they begin writing. you could hear a pin drop. the task, send a letter. >> sandy town schoolteacher. >> reporter: to a teacher or first responder in newtown, or elsewhere in the country. >> to first responders -- >> dear newtown police officer -- >> i wanted to tell them they were appreciated and that their job was selfless. >> reporter: this idea 26 days of kindness honors the 20
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children and 6 adults who lost their lives in the 2012 mass shooting at sandy hook elementary school in newtown. manifested in acts big and small, like donating food and blankets to the homeless, an annual tradition at notre dame these past three years. >> it reminds us that human goodness and human kindness is an everyday affair. >> reporter: for students here it couldn't make more sense. >> we're not just remembering something bad that happened. we're trying to counteract that bad with some good. >> reporter: they have learned there's a world outside these walls crowded with cruelty. junior olivia kaden says she believes change can begin with her and her peers. >> it starts small like with the letter that we wrote today, but it really grows. >> reporter: kindness has become a part of the curriculum. do the kids buy into this? >> they do. they do. and you can see that through the participation in their activities. i think if we could live our lives like that every day beyond our 26 days, world can be a
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better place. >> reporter: and it's sinking in. >> you spread like one good idea and it just becomes like a disease, a good disease. that's pretty much the greatest thing you could have. >> reporter: remember that old thing about it's better to give than to receive? they still believe that here. harry smith, nbc news, fairfield, connecticut. now to an investigative unit exclusive. an east bay widow fighting for tens of thousands of dollars in death benefits after her husband died from a major injury while at work for the usps. the investigative unit first told you about this tragic death prompting the postal service to change its rules when employees call 911. tonight, we expose more about how the government is responding to that worker's family. her husband, sam, died in the summer of 2014 from a major head trauma he suffered during a shift at a postal facility in west oakland. but nobody saw how he was
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injured and that led to a bureaucratic battle for his widow. twice the office of workers compensation denied death benefits. it led us to ask how often does this happen? >> we have to survive on our own. and it's been a struggle. every day we miss him so much. >> it seemed to me the judge was looking for a means to deny the case rather than considering the common sense facts of what happened. >> tonight at 11:00, we investigate the office of workers compensation and how often it denies claims for federal workers hurt or killed on the job. if you have a tip for our investigative unit, give us a call 888-996-tips, or they have e-mail a world united is the picture in paris as leaders from across the globe reach an historic climate deal over the weekend. >> but the deal may not do enough to stop global warming. in fact, it won't be close. nbc bay area's sam brock has this morning's reality check.
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>> reporter: new drone footage of the arctic showing melting ice and splitting glaciers is chilling. but not nearly as chilling as what may happen if we don't severely cut our carbon emissions. climatologists predict widespread disease even. >> many of the largest disease problems that we face are highly sensitive to climate conditions. >> reporter: on to the world stage steps president obama and governor jerry brown along with a host of world leaders trying to prevent disaster. climate policy expert adel morris at the brookings institution think tank says the meeting is unprecedented. >> well, what's unique about this meeting is it's the first time all countries, all major emitters or nearly all of them have pledged to take action. >> reporter: but will the action be anywhere close to enough? criticism of shoddy standards splashes headlines these days.
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like this politico article. >> the author says, quote, the talks are rigged to ensure an agreement is reached regardless of how little action countries plan on actually taking. is it voluntary carbon reductions? >> well, every country -- or almost every country is coming forward with its pledge that it designed itself for what emissions objectives they're going to bring to the table. >> reporter: in other words, countries are making up their own benchmarks. the good news, 150 nations are pledging. you can look at their proposals on the u.n. website. the bad news, we're falling far short of what we need. for the better part of a decade scientists have said a two-degree rise in global temperatures is the magic number, the bare minimum we can't break to avoid catastrophic climate change. if we continue on our current policies, we'd be at almost double that, about 3.8 degrees celsius by 2100. should all countries at the
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paris conference keep their pledges, the world would warm on average 2.7 degrees celsius, better but nowhere close to that critical benchmark. >> this is kind of a hopeful step. but the problem is a big problem. and it's not going to be an easy one to solve, particularly in the context of, you know, u.s. politics. >> reporter: ah, yes, the politics. stanford environmental law expert points out 26 states have taken the obama administration to court over recently tightened epa standards. the justices could unravel u.s. efforts to lead on climate change. so could a future president. >> were the supreme court to strike down the regulations, were a republican administration in 2017 walk back from these commitments, the perception that the u.s. has kind of gotten its act together could change very quickly. >> reporter: even if the obama administration wins in court, even if the next president supports the paris plan, there's still the small matter of
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congress. a climate deal demands contradictio contributions in the billions. republican lawmakers said that money might be dead on arrival. bottom line, paris offers real hope of getting more countries involved in fighting climate change. but the world is still behind, and the world leader, the u.s., is only going to go kicking and screaming. for reality check, i'm sam brock. >> thank you, sam. too much construction too soon is a common complaint in several bay area cities. and this includes gilroy. >> and now there's a petition to stop a development of at least 4,000 homes. here's nbc bay area. >> reporter: these women started the petition because they're concerned too much land is being lost. >> i was born and raised in this community. and my family's been farming here since the '50s. and so farming is something that's dying out. so much prime farmland such as this has been taken for housing. >> reporter: the area for the
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housing development straddles on the north and south side, the total area is 721 acres. >> everybody living here ends up getting on 101, clogging freeways and going north. >> reporter: he says the proposed housing project will only add to the congestion. the project isn't expected to be built for another ten years, but hundreds of other homes are expected to be built soon. >> currently the city of gilroy has 3,150 houses under construction right now, or in the pipeline to be constructed in the next two years. let's see how that housing impacts our general fund. >> reporter: yet other city leaders say more housing brings more jobs. >> they're a necessary evil. i mean, you can't expect companies to come down here and build in gilroy and then not have any places for their employees to live. >> if we lose this land, we'll never be able to get it back. >> reporter: these residents say they want the place they lived for years to keep feeling like
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home. >> yes, we do believe that this is -- i mean, gilroy is a small town. it's known for being a small town and we'd like to keep it a small town. >> reporter: nbc bay area news. well, just into our newsroom, nbc news has confirmed army sergeant bowe bergdahl will face court-martial. a top army commander ordered sergeant bergdahl to face that court-martial on charges of desertion and endangering troops after leaving his outpost in afghanistan in 2009. the 29-year-old was held captive by the taliban for five years, released last year in exchange for five taliban prisoners. if found guilty, sergeant bergdahl could face life in prison. up next at 11:00, dancing through the challenges. we will introduce you to a local artist who is inspiring others. plus, as we head into a new year, what are your resolutions? we'll give some consumers --
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what some consumers should consider. even though we're in between storm systems, we do still have some high waves on area beaches. and we're expecting at least a little bit of a break. i'll detail that coming up in the microclimate forecast. resolutions for
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well, we're just a few weeks away from making those new year's resolutions for 2016. >> and there is one in particular that experts are saying should be on everybody's list. details from nbc's chris
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clackum. >> reporter: financial experts have another reason to celebrate the upcoming new year. a survey finds more americans now willing to make resolutions related to their financial health. >> the overall theme here is that people are feeling a little more optimistic going into next year. >> reporter: with fidelity investments who sponsored the study that found the most popular financial resolutions include paying off debt, spending less and definitely saving more. >> even if i was to increase my annual savings by 1%, ultimately that's going to get me a lot closer to building up the kind of nest egg i want in retirement. >> reporter: seeing how many americans will likely be facing higher health insurance costs in 2016, he says keep in mind that better health and fitness can reduce health care expenses. and just like resolutions to be healthier, make sure u yo tell someone about your financial resolutions. >> you have positive reinforcement and feel much more
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committed to hit thag goal. >> reporter: a study also found those who had financial resolutions going into 2015 are in fact more financially secure, debt free and optimistic going into 2016. chris clackum, nbc news. >> exercise, spend less, the usual. >> he said save money. you can have the cake. >> and eat it too. the bay area's home to an extremely diverse art scene, as you probably know. and many of our local artists use their struggles and obstacles in life as inspiration for their art. >> one student dancing through the challenges. here's nbc bay area's joe risato jr. >> reporter: fall color at san rafa rafael's do min can university. students class to class just like those students, dickinson is always moving. she may look like any other student but used to the occasional stares. >> i definitely have a lot of eyeballs on me. i don't like when kids stare at
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me. >> reporter: the reason for those stares. >> i was born amputee in china and also adoptee. >> reporter: dickinson has never seized life with a left arm. >> it's just something i've lived with. so i felt self-conscious. >> reporter: but there is a place where dickinson has always found confidence. >> okay, dancers, we're going to start. >> i started dancing when i was 8 years old. my mom put me in a ballet class to straighten my back out. >> reporter: dancing is the one place where she didn't mind the stares. >> dance to me is my medium to communicate with others. >> it's unusual obviously in dance to not have a limb. you think that the minimum requirement for a dancer would be to have all your limbs. and she just proves that it's really not true.
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so sound and lights and enter. >> her disability has made her a stronger, sharper thinker and far more adaptable than any of us. there are only rare moments where she can't go down to the floor on one side, but she quickly finds a way of getting there. and then she gets farther over her body. >> being born disabled i've just had to adapt. there's been times i've been told i can't dance at auditions. >> reporter: but now dickinson's dancing has caught the eyes of the art world. the prestigious princess grace foundation just awarded her its coveted 2015 dance scholarship. >> i think loni is absolutely clearly that artist who pushes the aurd yens to see dance differently, to see the human body differently, to see human possibility differently. >> i didn't set out to be the voice for the disabled community, but i keep dancing and realize i speak for them in
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a way. >> reporter: dickinson dreams of traveling the world dancing professionally even though she realizes that will put even more eyes on her. >> it has been a big step for me. and i'm discovering that it brings a lot of attention. >> reporter: and maybe now attention for the right reasons. joe resato jr., nbc bay area news. >> looking at those promos before i didn't even notice before. not until i watched the story. >> indeed the point. hey, kari, much, much better. thank you very much. >> yeah. hey, it was great to see the rain too. so we've had it all in the past 24 hours, and now as we dry out we are seeing sunshine. it's also cool to see some of those brown hills starting to turn green if you've noticed that out there. we've had quite a bit of rainfall in parts of the east bay and south bay. over 3 inches of rain from october to now. and then in the north bay in santa rosa we've had about 5.5
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inches of rain, san francisco over 3 inches and oakland over 2 inches of rain. but how does this compare to normal? well, we're still well below average for oakland, san francisco and even in santa rosa. but then you look at livermore and san jose where the percentage of normal is approaching 100. so we are almost to where we should be. but we still have a lot of work to do in the north bay. we're tracking this system that is moving in from the north. and that may hold together long enough to make it into the north bay. but i do think it will fizzle out before it makes it elsewhere into the bay area. and we're seeing all clear skies and temperatures near 50 degrees. and as we take a closer look at what's happening in the south bay, it's 52 degrees in campbell. and then in gilroy it's 53 degrees. santa teresa at 48 degrees. it is still cool outside, and you'll need a jacket all day long. we'll have more of this weather heading through the week, so might as well get used to it. winds coming in from the northwest, up to about 20 miles an hour sustained.
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there may be some higher gusts and staying a lit the bit more gusty along the coast keeping those waves very choppy and rough conditions for not only today but the next few days. a look at oakland hour by hour into the afternoon. mostly sunny skies, highs making it into the mid to upper 50s. into tonight a few more clouds moving in. and it will be chilly. by 10:00 we're already at 46 degrees. and we're heading down into the upper 30s to lower 40s and gilroy getting up to 56 and then dropping down to 36 degrees. we're mostly looking at some mid-50s all across the board here. not going to see much of a difference from the coast to the inland areas in the valleys. so mostly sunny skies. and then as we go into the next several days the models showing that there will be another cold front moving in. so we'll have at least this workweek to see some sunshine, cool mornings and mild afternoons. and then by this weekend some rain will be moving in and we'll have a couple of systems passing between saturday, sunday and
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monday. a look at the weekend forecast. if you're already starting to make plans our temperatures will be warming up into the low to mid-60s. and then the showers rolling through on friday possibly -- or actually on saturday. and then again on sunday. but we will have a dry start to the weekend. on friday the warmest day as well with mostly sunny skies. we'll keep you up to date on that and we'll have another look at the forecast coming up a little later, scott and kris. >> kari, thanks. >> we'll be right back. coming up after nbc bay area news at 11:00, access hollywood live followed by days of our lives at 1:00 p.m. for the four finalists on nbc's
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"the voice". they'll each turn in final performances that they hope well, tonight is the final night for nbc's "the voice." they will each turn in final performances that they hope will garner votes from america to make them the champion. >> mark barger talked to yahoo music's managing editor to try
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to size up the competitors. >> reporter: team gwen's austin has probably left his pr days behind. >> maybe more than any other contestant on the show this season he really knows who he is. >> reporter: and powerful vocals drawing lofty. >> same right there with sam smith and adele. >> she's like the kari underwood of "the voice." >> reporter: the 17-year-old's roots are in bluegrass, but she's not stuck there. >> she's got a spunky playful side that came out during the 9:00 to 5:00 performance that showed she can entertain. >> reporter: that's what fellow team blake finalist been doing for years in arkansas. >> my favorite performance is where he just sat down with the guitar. i want to see more of that. >> reporter: he left full-time teaching behind to give his career one major push. >> he sort of had this feeling like i've got to go for it. >> reporter: that's what all the finalist wills have to do in
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chasing team adam's jordan smith. >> might be one of the best performances in the history of "the voice." >> reporter: his itunes rendition last week cemented his status as front runner. >> he was singing his face off. it was some face melting voc vocalis vocalists. >> reporter: but performances tonight will determine who wins "the voice." mark barger, nbc news. and we will be right back.
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